What was marketed as a 49 day cruise was actually three cruise segments which resulted in menus, production shows, special events (champagne fountain) turning over every two weeks or so. Overall, my wife and I loved the cruise if only for the lovely sea days, mostly wonderful ports and of course the great fellow passengers we met on the various private tours we booked together and of course, our truly wonderful dinner tablemates from Illinois and New Mexico! Also, our table waiters Darwin/Annie & Fredrick and cabin attendant Thawon, were superb, professional and friendly. That said however, there were just too many things that were simply not up to snuff and we overheard many passenger comments to that effect, particularly from Elite and Platinum members. We changed captains in Rio with the Fleet's Commodore coming aboard - he became the most visible member of the crew and provided information to passengers on an almost daily basis. We were also aware that he "went beyond the normal" in ensuring passengers felt appreciated - well done!
DINING: the standard of the food has noticeably slipped since our 2014 cruise on Sapphire Princess with mostly soggy vegetables and smaller portions of food. While some meals were memorable, many of the dishes lacked taste and seasonings.
ENTERTAINMENT: the 4 x 35 minute production shows were excellent but it simply is not good enough to repeat the same shows again and again over a 49 day cruise. The individual entertainers brought on board were, for the most part, of a high standard and some of these played to smaller houses due in part to the almost total lack of information on them in the Princess Patter. (we also noted many errors in many editions of the "Patter).